Music for Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy Sessions

Upcoming Dates:

March 5th • June 4th • October 1st


9AM-1PM Pacific


Eric Sienknecht, PsyD • Ryan Hoffman, LMFT


Regular Price


CE Price

Training & Retreats

These programs are designed to provide interested physicians, psychologists, therapists, nurses, chaplains, and other healthcare professionals with principles and procedures of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy in a clinical setting.


Music is an important component of setting in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and has the potential to help catalyze transformational processes in psychedelic sessions.

The practice of listening to music itself can be a doorway into a more receptive, meditative state of mind, which can, in turn, facilitate a process of surrendering more fully to the psychedelic experience. Often referred to as “the language of emotions,” music provides a container for the patient to explore and process emotions while guiding the forward movement of the journey.

Stanislav Grof describes the role of music in psychedelic sessions as creating “…a continuous carrier wave that helps patients to overcome difficult parts of the sessions and move through impasses” (Grof, LSD Psychotherapy, 2008). Additionally, as the musical journey unfolds, old memories and associated emotions, previously hidden under the surface of consciousness, emerge and can be processed, understood, and released or integrated.

In this workshop, various aspects of using music to enhance patients’ experiences in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP), including track selection and arrangement, matching music and sound effects with drug effects, and working with resistance around music will be explored.

We will consider the dual role of the facilitator – one part therapist and one part sonic alchemist – in using various kinds of music to synergize with the dissociative effects of ketamine and enhance a spacious state of mind, often symbolized by transpersonal visions of vast interstellar space, intricate subterranean caverns, and luscious underwater seascapes.

Examples of specific tracks and fully curated playlists will be shared, and experiential learning exercises will be offered to help participants refine their own musical tastes and preferences for journey work.

This workshop will ultimately give participants a better understanding of the methods used to prepare and create music sets for ketamine sessions to deepen the patient’s therapeutic process and open their hearts and minds to the vibrational dimensions of consciousness.


After completing this course, participants will be able to:

1.List two specific elements of music selection and arrangement that should be considered when conducting KAP sessions.

2.Create ketamine playlists for psychedelic sessions.

3.Describe ways to respond skillfully to patients’ distaste or resistance to the music.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals:

Polaris Insight Center provides didactic, experiential, and residential training in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy. These programs are designed to provide interested physicians, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with principles and procedures of KAP and how to use ketamine in combination with psychotherapy in a clinical setting.

We offer the training in multiple modules with Module 1 being a required course. Taking modules in sequence is recommended, as each module builds on the knowledge and skills taught in the previous module but Modules 2-7 may be taken in any order.


Music Module is $175 + $25 administrative fee ($200 total) and the Module is 4 CE credits.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by Polaris Insight Center which is sponsoring this program. Polaris Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Polaris Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.
  • For questions about enrolling in CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance or any other CE questions for psychologists, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LMFTs contact our training coordinator, Jana Adamova, at
  • Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA), a co-sponsor of this program, is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  RNs must retain this document for 4 years after the course concludes.
  • SCA is an approved CE provider for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (CEP Number 100196)
  • For questions about enrolling in CE for RNs or Coaches or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Jana Adamova at
  • For other questions about CE for RNs or Coaches contact David Lukoff, PhD at

Testimonials from past attendees:

“Thank you so much for the incredible and very interesting and informative training. I loved it… Really really appreciated everything you shared.”
– Tatiana
“Thank you so much for a wonderful experience! This is helping me get un-burned-out from online trainings!”
– Vivian

“Each seminar I’ve attended through Polaris (prior to this one) felt within my comfort level. Of course there are always learning edges and opportunities for growth. Still, every seminar prior to this felt like we were going to cover topics that felt familiar and that might just be a comfortable, easeful stretch. This seminar was different. I walked into it feeling a bit intimidated and over my head. I really appreciated how you made the information 1) accessible and 2) inspirational.

It was really helpful to have the step-by-step hardware and software information, as well as the suggestions for timing and music selection at different points in time throughout the journey. There are countless ways in which both of you broke down topics related to music and made things seem easier to wrap one’s head around. It was also just interesting to hear the theory and thoughts behind creating a playlist (for example, if everything is incredibly ambient, it may not give enough texture to move someone through the journey). As both of you broke everything down into easier in more digestible pieces, it allowed for less of a feeling like creating musical playlists is out of reach… and, actually made it seem interesting, dynamic, moving, and something that I might actually want to do haha. Basically, the idea shifted from something intimidating to inspiring!”
– Alicia

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